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Miami Dolphins haven’t signed a single draft pick (but no need to panic)

Minkah Fitzpatrick knows it won’t be long before his bank account gets a bit larger. (Getty Images) The list looks imposing only if you let it. The Dolphins are one of only two teams, along with the Los Angeles Rams, who haven’t signed a single draft pick. And with about three-fourths of all picks signed throughout the league, it’s natural to wonder why. In the Dolphins’ case...
5 Reasons why Miami Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill can still be elite

5 Reasons why Miami Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill can still be elite

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is back. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) Ryan Tannehill ran onto the Miami Dolphins practice field Tuesday, without a knee brace, which should give some insight into how he feels about his surgically-repaired body. Tannehill expressed confidence last spring and summer, before a knee tore completely and Miami’s season essentially ended...
Top 10 Miami Dolphins to watch at OTA’s

Top 10 Miami Dolphins to watch at OTA’s

Raekwon McMillan as a leader in his first season? Sure, why not. (AP) The Miami Dolphins open organized team activities on Tuesday in Davie. There will be landmarks for key players returning from injury as well as rookies making their full-squad, on-field debuts. These OTA’s are all about establishing rhythm, timing and chemistry. Coach Adam Gase likes this collection of players. National ...
Dolphins K Greg Joseph out to win open competition with Jason Sanders

Dolphins K Greg Joseph out to win open competition with Jason Sanders

Greg Joseph once kicked as a hobby. Now he’s got a shot at the NFL. (Andres Leiva/The Post) DAVIE — Many times throughout his life, Greg Joseph could’ve simply brushed kicking aside. Given how much of an afterthought it was to him at certain points, it’s a bit of an upset that he’s put himself in position to win a job with the Dolphins as he heads...
Dolphins plan for QB Ryan Tannehill to go through all offseason practices

Dolphins plan for QB Ryan Tannehill to go through all offseason practices

Ryan Tannehill should be good to go for all of OTAs and minicamp. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) Any uncertainty about Ryan Tannehill’s health coming off knee surgery has quieted, and he’s expected to practice every day as the Dolphins launch four straight weeks of Organized Team Activities and minicamp. The team was still working with the medical and training staff...
What to expect when Miami Dolphins start spring practices Tuesday

What to expect when Miami Dolphins start spring practices Tuesday

Ryan Tannehill looks sweet in those throwbacks, no? (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) Almost one year ago to the day, Ryan Tannehill was declaring himself and his knees “100 percent” and “totally normal.” Tannehill made it through organized team activities, but did not last through training camp, his season ending with an anterior cruciate ligament torn in practice...
Ranking every Miami Dolphins head coach: You know who’s No. 1, but who’s No. 11?

Ranking every Miami Dolphins head coach: You know who’s No. 1, but who’s No. 11?

Don Shula in Cleveland snow in 1978. (Bill Reinke / The Miami News) I was talking with Alex Donno of WQAM-560AM on Thursday night when we somehow got onto the subject of the worst coaches in Dolphins history. Alex asked whom I rated at the bottom but, being the kind of guy he is, blurted out my answer before I could beat him to the punch. If the...
Why proposed changes to kickoffs could give leg up to Miami Dolphins, Jakeem Grant

Why proposed changes to kickoffs could give leg up to Miami Dolphins, Jakeem Grant

Jakeem Grant returns a kickoff vs. the Patriots last season. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) DAVIE — When Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi was asked about scouting kicking prospects and responded by rattling off the field-goal percentages of the NFL’s top kickers coming out of college, there was no getting around that this guy spends a crazy...
Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke has been given what he’s asked for

Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke has been given what he’s asked for

Minkah Fitzpatrick should answer questions for Miami defensive coordinator Matt Burke. (Getty Images) We’re going to start by pointing out that, yes, since last season ended, the Miami Dolphins have cut their most talented defensive player, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. But he cost too much and wasn’t the ideal leader, so there are reasons. Valid reasons. We’re now...
Ryan Tannehill’s comeback for Miami Dolphins: Marino, other QBs have rebounded quickly

Ryan Tannehill’s comeback for Miami Dolphins: Marino, other QBs have rebounded quickly

Everything’s riding on Ryan Tannehill again this year. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) There were clouds of both the literal and figurative variety hovering over the Dolphins on the   opening Sunday afternoon of the 1994 season. Nobody seemed to know what to expect of Dan Marino, seeing his first action since tearing his right Achilles tendon nearly a year prior. At least...
Miami Dolphins rookies break down all they’ve learned about defensive scheme

Miami Dolphins rookies break down all they’ve learned about defensive scheme

“Community is important,” Dolphins rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick said. “Because community helped me get through things when I was younger.” (Palm Beach Post Photo) CORAL SPRINGS — Every Miami Dolphins rookie capped off their first camp on Tuesday, as the group addressed a large group of students at Forest Glen Middle School about the importance...
Who are the fastest Miami Dolphins on offense?

Who are the fastest Miami Dolphins on offense?

Jakeem Grant is just a blur. When he gets his hands on the ball. (Getty Images) I’m not sure what Julius Thomas’ 40-yard dash time was last season, and coaches will say it’s not as important as how fast a player actually plays, but nothing about anything was fast. It wasn’t Thomas’ fault. It seems due in large part to injuries, his body wasn’t able to...
Why the Dolphins drafted a kicker who missed 10 of 35 college kicks

Why the Dolphins drafted a kicker who missed 10 of 35 college kicks

Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders at rookie mini-camp. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) Everyone knows Miami Dolphins special teams coach Darren Rizzi hand-selected kicker Jason Sanders in the seventh round. So Rizzi came to a recent news conference prepared to explain why a player who missed 29 percent of his college chances could be worthy of being one of only two kickers drafted...
Ultimate underdog: Miami Dolphins DE overcomes homelessness, temporary paralysis

Ultimate underdog: Miami Dolphins DE overcomes homelessness, temporary paralysis

Quincy Redmon (left) celebrates with mom Nannette and brother Shannon just after the Dolphins called to say they were offering him a free-agent contract as the draft ended. (Courtesy of the Redmon family) DAVIE — For most of six years, he and his family were homeless, moving from shelter to shelter, even living in a friend’s garage, not always knowing where his...
Jay Ajayi sued for allegedly trashing mansion, per report

Jay Ajayi sued for allegedly trashing mansion, per report

Philadelphia Eagles’ Jay Ajayi reacts after the NFL football NFC championship game. Ajayi went on to win a Super Bowl last season. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Former Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi allegedly trashed a Los Angeles mansion and shoved its owner, according to a lawsuit reported on by TMZ.com. According to the report, Ajayi rented a 6,000-foot pad located...
Miami Dolphins hopeful Jamiyus Pittman draws inspiration from ex-UCF teammate Shaquem Griffin

Miami Dolphins hopeful Jamiyus Pittman draws inspiration from ex-UCF teammate Shaquem Griffin

Central Florida’s Jamiyus Pittman (5) celebrates in the face of Auburn’s Marquel Harrell during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) DAVIE — Dolphins coaches will push undrafted defensive tackle Jamiyus Pittman to work hard to make the team this summer, but none of them could ever hope to inspire Pittman as much as a former...
Matt Burke sinking teeth into ways Minkah Fitzpatrick can sharpen Miami Dolphins’ D

Matt Burke sinking teeth into ways Minkah Fitzpatrick can sharpen Miami Dolphins’ D

Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke talks about the newcomers he’ll incorporate into his unit in 2018. DAVIE — Noted world traveler and thrill seeker Matt Burke hasn’t settled on this summer’s excursion yet, but he did recently take a swim with hammerhead sharks. Much to Adam Gase’s relief, Burke, the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator, reported that...
Can new Miami Dolphins OC Dowell Loggains make WR DeVante Parker a star?

Can new Miami Dolphins OC Dowell Loggains make WR DeVante Parker a star?

DeVante Parker has yet to live up to his draft slot. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE — The Dolphins are still waiting for a breakout season from former first-round pick DeVante Parker, and his coaches and teammates are always quick to defend him by pointing out how much injuries have held him back. While there’s not much Parker can do about getting hurt, and there’s...
Dolphins’ Minkah Fitzpatrick calm while watching teams bypass him in NFL Draft

Dolphins’ Minkah Fitzpatrick calm while watching teams bypass him in NFL Draft

Minkah Fitzpatrick’s draft night wasn’t ruined by falling to No. 11. (Getty Images) DAVIE — As general manager Chris Grier and the Dolphins set their board in advance of last month’s NFL Draft, they pegged Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick as a top-five talent. When quarterbacks filled up much of the top 10 picks, it looked like someone good would slip...
New Dolphins OC Dowell Loggains sees high ceiling for Ryan Tannehill

New Dolphins OC Dowell Loggains sees high ceiling for Ryan Tannehill

New Dolphins offensive coordinator sees a big leap coming from Ryan Tannehill. (Bill Ingram/The Post) DAVIE — It feels like the Dolphins’ upcoming season hinges almost entirely on how well Ryan Tannehill comes back from a major knee injury, and new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains feels good about making that bet. Adam Gase hired Loggains in January, and...
Healthy Raekwon McMillan is ‘huge acquisition’ for Dolphins’ defense

Healthy Raekwon McMillan is ‘huge acquisition’ for Dolphins’ defense

Raekwon McMillan will resume his role as middle linebacker this season. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE — Every conversation about the Dolphins’ offseason seems to steer back to the return of Ryan Tannehill. Adam Gase has brought it up constantly, and a healthy Tannehill should make a difference. Defensive coordinator Matt Burke feels similarly about Raekwon McMillan, who...
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross welcomes Michigan LB Mike McCray

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross welcomes Michigan LB Mike McCray

Stephen Ross personally reached out to Mike McCray when the Dolphins signed him. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE — The Dolphins have an expansive and thorough team of scouts, and owner Stephen Ross might have been part of that operation this year. He didn’t use a clipboard and a stopwatch, but Ross thought highly of Michigan linebacker Mike McCray and that couldn’t have...
Dolphins look for new punt returner to replace Jarvis Landry

Dolphins look for new punt returner to replace Jarvis Landry

Danny Amendola could be the “hands” guy on punt returns this year. (Getty Images) DAVIE — The Dolphins never clearly stated how they divided up punt returns between Jarvis Landry and Jakeem Grant, but they appeared to lean toward Landry when they were backed up and Grant when there might be more room to run. Grant is still here, but Landry’s departure...
Miami Dolphins TE Durham Smythe: UM fans broke Notre Dame’s bus window

Miami Dolphins TE Durham Smythe: UM fans broke Notre Dame’s bus window

Notre Dame tight end Durham Smythe leaps for a touchdown against the visiting Hurricanes in 2016. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) DAVIE — Tight end Durham Smythe, a fourth-round draft pick of the Dolphins, can expect a warmer welcome at Hard Rock Stadium than the last time he was there. Smythe played at Notre Dame, which isn’t exactly popular in the Miami...
Dolphins rookie LB Jerome Baker says you won’t think he’s small once he hits you

Dolphins rookie LB Jerome Baker says you won’t think he’s small once he hits you

Jerome Baker will make a run at claiming a starting linebacker job. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE — Jerome Baker’s heard it his whole life. Even when he was dominating youth leagues and high school football, everyone kept telling him he was too small. And at every turn, he’s quieted those concerns. Ohio State and Florida went to battle trying...
Five new ideas from Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains

Five new ideas from Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains

Dowell Loggains is here to save the day. (Getty Images) DAVIE — The Dolphins’ offense has been one of the worst in the NFL the last two years, which is maddening for coach Adam Gase since that’s his specialty. After two choppy seasons and a significant reworking of the roster, he’s looking for a breakthrough this year. As part of that effort, he opted...
What Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke said Saturday

What Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke said Saturday

Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke. (Andres Leiva/The Post) DAVIE — Highlights of Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke’s chat with the media on Saturday: On replacing Ndamukong Suh: “Organizations have to make decisions on certain things. … That’s part of the business.” Says he’s excited about DLs anyway. Expectation is to...
Meet the Miami Dolphins LB from Gomer (really, Gomer, Ohio) who piles on the laughs

Meet the Miami Dolphins LB from Gomer (really, Gomer, Ohio) who piles on the laughs

Dolphins linebacker Quentin Poling uses his hands to essentially draw a road map of his tiny hometown Friday in Davie. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) DAVIE — The most entertaining player on the Dolphins might be a guy you’ve probably never heard of, from a town you’ve definitely never heard of, but with stories you have to get a load of. Quentin...
Rookie RB Kalen Ballage says he can do it all for Miami Dolphins

Rookie RB Kalen Ballage says he can do it all for Miami Dolphins

Kalen Ballage reacts to being asked if he’ll get some snaps at quarterback for the Dolphins. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE — Kalen Ballage checks every box on Adam Gase’s list of necessities for a running back. He’s fast, he’s driven by a perceived snub in the recent NFL Draft and he’s got the versatility to do whatever the Dolphins dream...
Miami Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki: ‘I’m going to get where I need to be’ as blocker, too

Miami Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki: ‘I’m going to get where I need to be’ as blocker, too

Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki was the Dolphins’ second-round pick this year, taken 42nd overall. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) DAVIE — The pun was unintentional but still too good to not point out. Mike Gesicki, a second-round draft pick whom the Dolphins are counting on to fill an age-old need for a receiving threat at tight end, probably ...
Dolphins rookies Mike Gesicki, Jerome Baker resume college battles

Dolphins rookies Mike Gesicki, Jerome Baker resume college battles

Dolphins rookie Mike Gesicki matched up one-on-one with new teammate Jerome Baker in college. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE—The Dolphins’ second- and third-round draft picks faced each other in college, and they’re about to spend the next month and beyond going head to head again. Jerome Baker is the type of linebacker who can cover tight ends, and that&rsquo...
Miami Dolphins’ Minkah Fitzpatrick: Goal is ‘legendary player in the NFL’

Miami Dolphins’ Minkah Fitzpatrick: Goal is ‘legendary player in the NFL’

Minkah Fitzpatrick meets the Dolphins media. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) DAVIE — Minkah Fitzpatrick was talking about what it will mean to him to purchase a home for his parents, considering his family once lost a home to Hurricane Irene. “It’s going to be their home,” Fitzpatrick said Friday, on his first day reporting as a Dolphins defensive back...
Dolphins go into 2018 with the roster Adam Gase wanted all along

Dolphins go into 2018 with the roster Adam Gase wanted all along

Adam Gase has the roster he wants, but is it a winner? (AP) DAVIE — Adam Gase probably wouldn’t call this the roster of his dreams, but the 2018 version of the Dolphins looks like the one he’s been wanting since he took the job two years ago. For better or worse, and he absolutely believes it’s for the better, this is the group Gase wants. The team has unloaded...
Miami Dolphins 2018 rookies receive uniform numbers

Miami Dolphins 2018 rookies receive uniform numbers

Kalen Ballage and the other 2018 rookies are in town for a minicamp this weekend. (Getty Images) The Dolphins are hosting 21 rookies for minicamp this week, and with Organized Team Activities beginning May 22, they’ll need uniform numbers. They won’t get helmet decals most likely, but numbers are a necessity. The only draft pick who will keep his collegiate number...
Ten reasons why the Miami Dolphins could stink as much as sports books think

Ten reasons why the Miami Dolphins could stink as much as sports books think

DeVante Parker has to emerge from the shadows, especially with Jarvis Landry gone. (Getty Images) DAVIE — Put me in a black hat. Call me Debbie Downer (Derrick Downer?). Tell me to quit staring at a half-empty glass. I’m here to offer a retort to my colleague, Joe Schad, who yesterday painted an upbeat picture on how the Dolphins could take Vegas to the cleaners...
Miami Dolphins formulating plan for QB Ryan Tannehill in OTAs

Miami Dolphins formulating plan for QB Ryan Tannehill in OTAs

No issue is bigger for the Dolphins this year than Ryan Tannehill’s return. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE — The Dolphins are planning on quarterback Ryan Tannehill returning to the practice field this month for the first time since a major knee injury last summer, but they’re still finalizing a plan for his workload. He’s looked strong throughout...
What Adam Gase saw in rookie RB Kalen Ballage’s film

What Adam Gase saw in rookie RB Kalen Ballage’s film

Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage once scored eight TD’s in a game. (Getty Images) DAVIE — The Dolphins used a fourth-round draft choice obtained in the Jay Ajayi deal to obtain another running back capable of eye-opening plays. Rookie Kalen Ballage of Arizona State begins his pro career at rookie minicamp this week. And coach Adam Gase saw the same ...
Dolphins see limitless role for refined version of RB Kenyan Drake

Dolphins see limitless role for refined version of RB Kenyan Drake

Drake can do it all, but will he? (AP) DAVIE — Adam Gase has always envisioned Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake as a player who could be an overwhelming threat in his offense if he could get his act together. Now that he has, apparently, it’s time for him to live up to that. Drake, in his third year, is taking over as Miami’s primary running back with an...
Adam Gase: Why the Miami Dolphins doubled down on draft TE’s

Adam Gase: Why the Miami Dolphins doubled down on draft TE’s

Tight end Mike Gesicki of the Penn State Nittany Lions. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) DAVIE — Why did the Miami Dolphins use second and fourth round draft choices on tight ends? Well, the Dolphins really, really need tight end help. And they really, really liked Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe. “We like the group that we have here; we just wanted to add to it,” Dolphins...
Adam Gase: Miami Dolphins aren’t moving safety T.J. McDonald to linebacker

Adam Gase: Miami Dolphins aren’t moving safety T.J. McDonald to linebacker

Dolphins safety T.J. McDonald won’t be wearing a linebacker number in the 50s this season. (Andres Leiva/The Post) DAVIE — Safety T.J. McDonald is going to remain safety T.J. McDonald. Dolphins coach Adam Gase swatted down speculation that McDonald could be moved to linebacker Thursday, a move that had been speculated to make way for first-round draft pick Minkah Fitzpatrick...
WR Kenny Stills is Miami Dolphins’ ‘homerun’ threat for 2018 season

WR Kenny Stills is Miami Dolphins’ ‘homerun’ threat for 2018 season

Stills is the most accomplished receiver on the Dolphins’ roster. (AP) DAVIE — Adam Gase won’t say it and he doesn’t have to. Everyone knows Kenny Stills is the Dolphins’ best receiver. As the team progresses toward the upcoming season without Jarvis Landry and without certainty of what DeVante Parker will become, Stills is the offense’s...
Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase: I don’t need another quarterback!

Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase: I don’t need another quarterback!

Adam Gase is all about David Fales’ potential. (AP) DAVIE — If the unthinkable were to happen to the Miami Dolphins at the quarterback position again, and we’re not even going to say here what that would be, coach Adam Gase does not feel his club would need to sign another quarterback. “No,” Gase said Thursday. “Nope.” Ryan Tannehill has had...
Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase: DeVante Parker approaching offseason with purpose

Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase: DeVante Parker approaching offseason with purpose

DeVante Parker is having a strong offseason, according to Adam Gase. (Andres Leiva/The Post) DAVIE — Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker has been reading a book about legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice, according to a person close to Parker. It’s all about realizing the commitment it takes to become great. According to Dolphins coach Adam Gase, Parker’s offseason...
2018 NFL Draft: Goals for Miami Dolphins’ draft class this offseason

2018 NFL Draft: Goals for Miami Dolphins’ draft class this offseason

What’s realistic for Minkah Fitzpatrick? (Getty Images) With the Dolphins’ recent draft class reporting for rookie minicamp this weekend, they’ll need an iPad more than shoulder pads. The first step toward toward securing a spot on the depth chart will take place indoors as 20 rookies dive into a playbook they’ll need to nail down by the time Miami...
Matt Ryan contract underscores how reasonable Ryan Tannehill’s deal is

Matt Ryan contract underscores how reasonable Ryan Tannehill’s deal is

Ryan Tannehill is a great value this year because of his low salary cap number.(Allen Eyestone/The Post) The Dolphins are one of the lowest-spending teams in the NFL when it comes to quarterbacks this season, and one reason they’re able to do that is a Ryan Tannehill contract that looks increasingly reasonable with every new deal that’s signed. The team gave him...
10 Reasons why the Miami Dolphins won’t stink as much as sports books think

10 Reasons why the Miami Dolphins won’t stink as much as sports books think

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill last played for Miami in 2016. (AP Photo/Brad Penner) I’m not a sports bettor, as evidenced by a recent venture to Las Vegas highlighted by a tribute performance to The Beatles in which circus-trained acrobats dazzled the crowd with incredible feats of athleticism. It was really good. Vegas does not think the Dolphins are going to be really good. In fact...
Miami Dolphins’ next big star in 2018: Running back Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins’ next big star in 2018: Running back Kenyan Drake

Kenyan Drake could be a 2,000-yard weapon this season. (Getty Images) The bad news for the Dolphins is they’ve lost a lot of stars over the past year. The good news is that the stage is wide open for a new one to step in, especially on offense. Running back Kenyan Drake is a good bet to be next. Miami drafted Drake in the third round, No. 73 overall, in Adam Gase’s first offseason...
Miami Dolphins execs who convinced Stephen Ross that Minkah Fitzpatrick was right pick now on hot seat

Miami Dolphins execs who convinced Stephen Ross that Minkah Fitzpatrick was right pick now on hot seat

Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick reacts to being the first-round pick of the Dolphins. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Two sentences about the Dolphins, buried deep in an NFL notes column in The Boston Globe, have caused all kinds of ripples around the league and South Florida, but nowhere should those ripples be actual waves more than in Davie. “A...
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